Many Woolpit residents will have heard the terrible story of the heron shot through with a crossbow bolt and seen on many roofs and in gardens.
The following report comes from the BBC News website :-
A grey heron seen flying despite a crossbow bolt injury has been put down after vets found part of its spine had been dislodged.
The bird was photographed in Woolpit in Suffolk on 23 July, with further sightings made in nearby villages.
It was rescued from a garden in Woolpit on 20th August and taken for treatment at an RSPCA centre.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said it had "been suffering for a long time". Suffolk Police is investigating.
The spokeswoman said: "The bird was in a terrible state - very thin, weak and lethargic.
"This injury meant the bird would have been in incredible pain and unfortunately the heron was not going to recover."
Wild birds are protected by the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act and it is illegal for anyone to injure the birds, except under licence.
The spokeswoman urged anyone with information to contact Suffolk Police.
A committee has been formed and is well on course to launch the WGNS in September. Jane Arkley-Crouch the Good Neighbour Network Officer from Community Action Suffolk will be giving a presentation to the committee and volunteers called Safe & Sound which is a look at Safeguarding on Wednesday 15th September, 18.30, at the Sports Pavilion. At the same time id cards will be organised and DBS checks will be discussed. We will also outline how the Good Neighbour Scheme will work for the group. There will be a Q and A session after the presentation.
We welcome anyone who may be interested in joining this group as a volunteer and would like to know more about it. We do hope you can join us for the evening, we will be offering a drink after the meeting for you to enjoy and have a chat with Jane, The Committee and fellow volunteers. Please rsvp to e: firstname.lastname@example.org or t: 07740780460 by 10th September
Committee: Chair, Kathryn Parker; Treasurer, Jane Evans; Secretary, Sarah Howard; Safeguarding Officer, Gayle Jenkins
is reopening for the end of May Bank Holiday weekend, that is Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st from 2pm to 4.30pm.
It will then be open from 2pm to 4.30pm every Saturday until the end of September.
Visits on Sundays and Bank Holidays for that period will also be possible but must be booked beforehand by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 01359 244532.
We would like to start a village photo gallery.
Here are a couple to get us started.